Colonial Traces and Neoliberal Presents: Situating Malaysia and Panama

  • Michaela Benson
  • Karen O’Reilly
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


This chapter offers clear insights into the wider geopolitical and historical conditions that shape Malaysia and Panama. It examines in depth the colonial pasts of the countries and of Boquete and Penang—the specific locations studied—and how these articulate with contemporary economic development strategies. In this way, it draws out the specific relationships between neoliberalism and postcolonialism relevant to these two countries and the historical relationships between sending and receiving countries. Through its spotlights on the two field sites, it presents an initial sense of the local sociopolitical and economic histories that shape the destinations and provide opportunities for lifestyle migration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaela Benson
    • 1
  • Karen O’Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyGoldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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